Articles about Spain

Ex-Apple gurus' elusive Android phone coming to UK next month

The startup backed by former Apple CEO John Sculley is most famous today for being elusive - but all that’s about to change. Obi Worldphone told us today its first UK phone will launch here next month, promising style and mid-range specs for a paltry £119. Obi’s story is unusual – it leveraged the economies of scale of …
Andrew Orlowski, 27 Apr 2016

Microsoft fingered for Western Euro PC tragedy

Microsoft last year effectively murdered one part of the mobile PC market that was going gangbusters - Windows with Bing (WwB) - and unsurprisingly this is now reflected in weaker sales across Western Europe. The low-cost WwB portables reached distributors by summer '14, designed to counter what was seen as a growing threat to …
Paul Kunert, 27 Apr 2016

Hand over our code to China? We're no commie patsies, Apple cries

Apple's fight with law enforcement has stepped up again, with the iPhone giant forced to deny that it hands over user information to Beijing while refusing the authorities at home. Speaking at a hearing of US House of Representatives' Energy and Commerce subcommittee, Apple's general counsel Bruce Sewell said that the Chinese …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 Apr 2016
Google faces antitrust charges in the European Union

So you’d sod off to China to escape the EU, Google? Really?

Analysis Google structures its entire organisation to avoid privacy laws, minimise taxes and de-risk itself from competition oversight*. Today Google’s European supremo hinted that being in China might be less of a hassle, and that losing Google would serve us Europeans right for being so backward. Of course, it’s a sheer coincidence …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Apr 2016

Web wobbles at Misco: Might be back up today, or tomorrow

Not wanting to be totally outdone by the recent outage at arch rival Insight Enterprises, online reselling rival Systemax Europe - trading as Misco - has battled its own web demons for the best part of this morning. The company’s site first fell over at least two hours ago with its Twitter feed acknowledging the worldwide …
Paul Kunert, 13 Apr 2016
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French thrash Brits, Germans and Portuguese in IT innovation

UK IT bosses are among the most conservative in Western Europe, focusing on keeping the lights on and shying away from innovation or adopting new approaches such as DevOps. Research from MSP Claranet covering 900 IT decision makers across Europe flagged up France, Spain, and the Benelux countries as the most progressive …
Joe Fay, 13 Apr 2016
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IP address clerks RIPE: Feds, come back with a warrant, er, web browser

One of the five regional internet registries (RIRs), RIPE, has published its 2015 transparency report reviewing requests from law enforcement for information. You may be wondering what kind of information an RIR is capable of giving the authorities, since most information regarding the allocation of IP and AS numbers is …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Apr 2016
The Fountain of the Fallen Angel (Fuente del Angel Caido) or Monument of the Fallen Angel, a highlight of the Buen Retiro Park in Madrid, Spain. Photo by Anibal Trejo/Shutterstock

Furious English villagers force council climbdown over Satan's stone booty

Outraged villagers in Bucks have forced the local council to ditch plans to shift a millennia-old boulder they believe was originally part of the Devil’s foot. The Soulbury Boot is believed to have been cut off from Satan’s lower quarters in an ancient fight between Lucifer and the locals in Chapel Hill, Soulbury. It is also …
Joe Fay, 31 Mar 2016

Spanish launch heroic bid to seize Brit polar vessel

A band of Spanish net buccaneers has mounted a determined incursion into Her Maj's territorial cyberwaters by demanding that Blighty's forthcoming Royal Research Ship be named the RRS Blas de Lezo, in honour of the man who administered the British a serious military shoeing during the War of Jenkins' Ear. The £200m floating …
Lester Haines, 29 Mar 2016

The Pirate Party finds a friend: A-G backs member against Sony

The Attorney General advising the European Court on a case that pits a Pirate Party member who operated a public, password-free Wi-Fi network in Munich, has sided with the Pirate. Professor Maciej Szpunar’s opinion isn’t the law, but is often influential in advising the Court’s ultimate decision. Sony discovered the Wi-Fi …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 Mar 2016

Storks bin migration for junk food diet

Storks which nest on the Iberian Peninsula are increasingly rejecting the annual migration south to Africa in favour of spending the winter at their nesting sites, thanks to the ready availability of landfill "junk food". Portugal, for example, currently has 14,000 overwintering white storks (Ciconia ciconia), which would …
Lester Haines, 16 Mar 2016

Yahoo! kills! search! APIs!, games! and! Astrology! site!

Yahoo! has announced it will kill more products. The precariously-pecunious purple palace has issued a Q1 2016 Progress Report On Our Product Prioritization that says “After a careful evaluation, we’ve decided to make the following product decisions.” As of March 31st, the BOSS JSON Search API and BOSS Hosted Search, as well …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Mar 2016

Romanian ATM hacker exploits vulnerability in FENCE, escapes jail

A Romanian carder arrested for using malware to plunder US$217,000 (£152,164, A$290,888) from ATMs has cut their way out of a Bucharest prison and escaped custody. Renato Marius Tulli, 34, escaped Police Precinct 19 with Grosy Gostel, 38, held for robbery charges, sparking a city-wide hunt, local media report. Gostel has been …
Darren Pauli, 08 Mar 2016

PARIS paper plane lands in Spanish school textbook

We're delighted to report that our legendary Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) mission has appeared in a Spanish language textbook, agreeably exposing young minds to stratospheric Playmonaut tomfoolery. The book in question is Brújula 5 ("Compass 5"), aimed at 3rd year primary school kids in Valencia... The cover of …
Lester Haines, 07 Mar 2016

Feel old? You will now: Blighty's mobile network Three is a teenager

Hutchison Whampoa’s Three network turns 13 today. The fifth mobile network to launch in the UK went live on … the March 3, 2003. Or 3-3-03. (Geddit? The date was no accident: 3 is a lucky number in Chinese culture.) Car crash Even with Hutch’s billions behind it, 3 had a rotten launch. The entire industry was suffering a …
Andrew Orlowski, 03 Mar 2016

Spanish cops discover illegally parked flying car

Cops on the island of Gran Canaria have sensationally discovered evidence of super-advanced hot hatch technology in the form of a flying Daewoo Matiz. Las Palmas police were called in to investigate the illegally parked vehicle on Monday, and reported: "This is what they call 'high-class parking'." A fireman scales a ladder …
Lester Haines, 02 Mar 2016
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Orange is good to go on VoLTE, Wi-Fi calling in Europe

MWC16 Interview Orange announced plans to offer voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Wi-Fi calling services in Europe this year, adding its name to the still short list of European mobile operators that offer either or both new voice services. Both VoLTE and Wi-Fi calling are available on Orange in Romania now, and the operator said it will launch the …

Barking spider prompts Spanish clan shoot-out

An exchange of air biscuits between two men prompted a shoot-out between rival Spanish Roma clans in the city of Torrent, Valencia, on Sunday night, which left three cuffed and four injured, two of them with bullet wounds. According to local news outlet Información, the ruckus kicked off in the street shortly before midnight …
Lester Haines, 25 Feb 2016
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Claranet swallows AWS MSP for web apps fun and frolics

Managed services and hosting player Claranet has hoovered up small but perfectly formed AWS channel partner Bashton Ltd for an undisclosed sum. This is the third buy Claranet has made including LinuxIT and Techgate since it refinanced in March of last year. Warrington-based Bashton specialises in selling managed services to …
Paul Kunert, 22 Feb 2016

Hey cellcos: Guess who's got your backhaul still? That's right. Big daddy BT

One of the things that will not be answered by any amount of discussion about 5G is how the huge increase in bandwidth expected in next generation cellular gets backhauled. But at Faultline we have assiduously tracked the ownership of fixed line assets throughout the US and Europe, anticipating the rising cost of backhaul to …
Faultline, 16 Feb 2016
A new radio dish has been inaugurated at ESA’s existing New Norcia, Western Australia, tracking station, ready to catch the first signals from new missions. The new dish, just 4.5 m across, can lock onto and track new satellites during the critical initial orbits up to roughly 100 000 km out, as well as receive signals from launch rockets. Image copyright ESA

European Space Agency lights up new Australian antenna

The European Space Agency (ESA) has flicked the switch on a new antenna in the West Australian town of New Norcia. The new dish is located at an existing ESA facility that sports a 35-metre deep space tracking dish that's been used on big missions like Rosetta and Mars Express. But the agency is now keen on using New Norcia to …
Simon Sharwood, 16 Feb 2016

Firemen free chap's todger from four-ring chokehold

Firemen from the Spanish town of Dénia, in Alicante, enjoyed an entertaining shout last week when they were called to remove four steel rings from the base of an unfortunate chap's todger. An unnamed 40-year-old foreigner rolled up at the local hospital in the early hours of Friday morning, unable to extract his member from …
Lester Haines, 10 Feb 2016
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Russian ATM-popping gang used nation state cybercrook tactics

Cybercrooks are increasingly adopting tactics from more advanced hackers in order to steal millions of dollars from banks and other financial institutions. The first of the two cybercrime groups, dubbed Metel, are mostly active in Russia. The group’s typical modus operandi involves gaining control over machines inside a bank …
John Leyden, 09 Feb 2016
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Canonical and Spain's BQ team to put Ubuntu on a tablet

Canonical is hoping to put Ubuntu into the hands of slab-fondlers who want something that can double as a near-desktop. It's doing so via a partnership with Spanish smartphone-maker BQ, whose 10.1-inch Aquaris M10 will run the Linux distro. While the M10 is already available with a more conventional Android config at €229.90 …
Team Register, 07 Feb 2016

Microsoft vs US.gov, Internet of Stuff, etc: What's up with 2015's legal cloudy issues?

Last year, I highlighted five legal issues for cloud firms and consumers to watch out for in 2015. Here’s a quick recap of how those topics developed during the year. 1. Microsoft and the US government go back to court Microsoft is taking a stand against the ability of US law to reach into its Dublin data centres and, against …
Frank Jennings, 02 Feb 2016
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Network builders: LTE costs will transform the cell tower biz in 2016

Analysis The vast cost of keeping up with demand for mobile data is intensifying the pressure on mobile operators’ capex budgets and accelerating their moves to improve their infrastructure cost base. Major agreements to share passive and active cell site equipment are becoming commonplace as regulators ease up on previous restrictions, …
Wireless Watch, 01 Feb 2016
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31 nations sign data-sharing pact to tax multinationals

31 nations this week signed a data-sharing agreement that will see multinational companies' financial reports shared widely, the better to understand their global financial contortions. The Multilateral Competent Authority Agreement (MCAA) is an instrument of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) …
Simon Sharwood, 29 Jan 2016
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Hell, high water, and ice: Facebook's Dublin data center choices

Facebook is to spend US$218m (£153m / €200m) on its second data center in Europe. Mark Zuckerberg's firm has promised an "innovative, environmentally friendly data center." It is easy to view the construction of this particular Facebook's answer to the expiration of Safe Harbor last year, to throw up a repository within the …

UK can finally 'legalise home taping' without bringing in daft new tax

EU governments don’t have to impose a levy on blank media to compensate copyright holders for losses from private copies, the European Court of Justice has decreed. It’s actually perfectly lawful to compensate them from a general fund, as Spain and Finland do, an opinion from Advocate General, Maciej Szpunar, clarified today. …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jan 2016

What do we do about a problem like Uber? Tom Slee speaks his brains

Interview Veteran software pro Tom Slee was one of the first critics of so-called “Sharing Economy” outfits like Uber and AirBnB. His forthcoming book What’s Yours Is Mine: Why The Sharing Economy Isn’t draws attention to the dark side of their operations – and strongly argues for regulation. But this creates a dilemma. They’re hugely …
Andrew Orlowski, 15 Jan 2016

Switzerland, Spain and France are beating UK at DevOps – survey

UK companies are failing to adopt key requisites for DevOps success, according to a new survey. The study says the Brits' shortcomings were seen in three main areas, namely business-led approaches to development, skilled and collaborative IT resources, and key control risks. According to Assembling the DevOps Jigsaw, a survey …
John Leyden, 11 Jan 2016

Gamer ransomware grows up, now infecting UK, Euro businesses

Companies across Northern Europe are being smashed by the TeslaCrypt ransomware as net scum switch from extorting individuals to targeting deeper--pocketed organisations. Those worst affected are located in the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and Spain, where a highly capable phishing campaign regularly tosses out juicy baits …
Darren Pauli, 14 Dec 2015

Russian friends make German web scum the 'best' in European Union

The German cyber crime market is an overlooked but unique beast that works in lockstep with Russian veterans to serve fraud-flinging newcomers and hardened carders alike, researchers say. In one of the few examinations into German crime forums a team of Trend Micro threat bods say the scene is the most developed in the …
Darren Pauli, 14 Dec 2015

Mozilla backs away from mobile OS as Android looks invincible

If 2014 was a year of brave new mobile operating systems, challenging Android’s dominance with open platforms and modern cloud-oriented designs, 2016 looks set to be the year when their hopes die. A week after Finnish startup Jolla slashed the staff working on its Sailfish mobile system, Mozilla has announced that it plans to …
Wireless Watch, 11 Dec 2015

Spanish village mounts Playmobil extravaganza

PICS We're delighted to report that the first Playmobil expo in the Spanish village of Tivissa turned out to be a bit of a blinder. We were alerted to last weekend's miniature celebration - forming part of the IV Fira De Natal (Fourth Xmas Festival) - by expat reader Neil Tragham (and yes, that's his real name). Poster for the …
Lester Haines, 11 Dec 2015
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Huawei: Hey, storage bigshots – we're coming for your top 3 spot

China is coming to shake up our cosy storage world, with Huawei hoping for a top three supplier spot by 2018. Fan Ruiqi, Huawei’s storage products president, told Reuters: “We don't want to just be number one in China ... We want to be at least the top three in the world by 2018” in the storage business. That means acquiring …
Chris Mellor, 08 Dec 2015

Obama calls out encryption in terror strategy speech

United States President Barack Obama has given just his third Address to the Nation from behind his desk at the Oval Office, to deliver a speech in which he all-but-called-on the technology industry to allow access to encrypted communications. The main purpose of the speech was to offer a response to last week's killings in …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Dec 2015

Wick Hill grabs majority stake in networking distie Zycko

The Bank of Rigby has followed up its summer slurp of security virtuoso Wick Hill by similarly taking a majority stake in specialist networking and UC distie Zycko for an undisclosed sum. Rigby Private Equity – part of the Midlands-based business empire amassed by Brummie tycoon Sir Peter Rigby – launched in July, as …
Paul Kunert, 04 Dec 2015

Spanish village celebrates Playmobil nativity

We're obliged to expat reader Neil Tragham for alerting us to a forthcoming Playmobil Christmas celebration in his home village of Tivissa (Pop.: 1,500 + cattle). Poster for the Playmobil event in Tivissa Locals are invited to present "dioramas" featuring our fave figurines, and Neil says he'll be on hand over the weekend …
Lester Haines, 02 Dec 2015
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Correction: 220,000 kids weren't exposed in VTech mega hack – it's actually 6.4 million

Toymaker VTech has admitted that millions of kiddies' online profiles were left exposed to hackers – much higher than the 220,000 first feared. On Tuesday, the Hong Kong biz confessed in an updated FAQ page that it did not properly secure personal information on 4.8 million parents and 6.37 million children – including 1.2 …
Shaun Nichols, 02 Dec 2015
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Team America, world police, take down 37,479 counterfeit sites

A band of merry world police lead by the United States Customs and Border Protection service shut down 37,479 copyright-infringing websites hawking counterfeit goods in the lead up to the Cyber Monday buying blitz. The takedown involved varying forms of collaboration between 27 countries including the Britain, France, Denmark …
Darren Pauli, 01 Dec 2015

Millions of families hit in toymaker VTech hack – including 200,000+ kids

Names, home and email addresses, security questions and answers, and more information on millions of families worldwide have been swiped from a top toymaker's database. And the birthdays, names, and genders of nearly a quarter of a million kiddies have been accessed, too. Chinese electronics giant VTech today admitted its …
Chris Williams, 27 Nov 2015
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NetApp adds in-line dedupe to all-flash FAS arrays

NetApp has updated its Clustered Data ONTAP OS to support in-line deduplication and 3.8TB SSDs. Inline deduplication means data is deduplicated as it lands on the array instead of being initially stored in its full form and then having later, post-process deduplication applied to it. In-line deduplication is more space- …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2015
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No, the EU is not going to make hyperlinks illegal

You may have read that the European Commission intends to prevent hyperlinks to copyrighted material. The good news is that this isn’t true. The bad news is that there is a real proposal to change copyright law that could change how we use hyperlinks – the bedrock of the World Wide Web. How does the humble hyperlink fit into …
Andres Guadamuz, 16 Nov 2015

Drug-smuggling granny's vagina holds Kinder surprise

A 73-year-old Spanish woman has avoided jail for a failed attempt to smuggle drugs to her incarcerated son by hiding them inside a Kinder egg plastic podule, wrapping that in a condom and inserting the contraband into her vagina. The septuagenarian mule visited Fontcalent prison in Alicante on 1 July 2013, with the intention …
Lester Haines, 12 Nov 2015

Cement company in sacks out for the lads rumpus

A Spanish cement manufacturer has been called to account for its persistent and blatant use of large-breasted women to punt its wares. Cementos La Unión recently found itself in a Valencia court accused of sexism, following legal action by Spain's Institute of Women, a tentacle of the Ministry of Equality. The Violence Against …
Lester Haines, 11 Nov 2015

Multinationals hiding more than half a trillion from G20 tax collectors

In 2012, something like US$80 billion worth of multinationals' profits worked on their suntans in Bermuda, according to an international report into profit-shuffling and tax avoidance. Oxfam, the Tax Justice Network, the Global Alliance for Tax Justice, and Public Services International have put their heads and wallets …

How Twitter can see the financial future – and change it

Scottish financial trader James Alan Craig has been charged in the US with allegedly using Twitter to manipulate share prices. That charge raises a fascinating question: can Twitter be used to fiddle the stock markets? According to the US Department of Justice, the 62 year old, from Dunragit in Dumfries and Galloway, caused …
Costas Milas, 10 Nov 2015

All cooped up and nowhere to go, US and German spooks spied on each other

Allies US and German spooks cooped up in a windowless structure dubbed the Tin Can have been found secretly spying on each other. The revelations reveal the absurdity of a secret agreement between spy agencies, the NSA and the BND, to operate from a former US base in Bad Aibling, Germany, that was in 2004 handed over to German …
Darren Pauli, 10 Nov 2015

Spanish town trumpets 'Clitoris Festival' thanks to Google snafu

A Spanish town got lips smacking in anticipation last week after the municipal website announced a forthcoming "Clitoris Festival". The powers that be in As Pontes, Galicia, had intended to trumpet the annual Feira do grelo, or "Rapini Festival", in honour of the leafy delicacy. However, while the original description in …
Lester Haines, 03 Nov 2015